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Date Posted : Jul 17, 2020
Country Coordinator Bioinnovation Africa (GIZ) Yaounde
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  • Salary : 0.00
  • Duration of Employment : Full Time 24 Months
  • Prefered Sex : Male/Female
  • Sector of Vacancy : ENVIRONMENTAL

Qualification/Work Experience :

  • The ideal candidate offers the following qualifications, capacities, experiences and personal skills: Professional education Masters/MSc in the area of environmental and/or policy sciences, environmental economy, geography, or similar with a focus on the management and conservation of biodiversity and/or environmental policies and regulations. Professional experience At least 7 years’ professional experience in a comparable position At least 5 years’ professional experience in the setup and operationalisation of environmental guidelines and standards for various stakeholders groups, preferably with respect to the national ABS framework, and in the establishment of benefit sharing mechanisms to involve local communities into value chains At least 5 years of sound knowledge on all necessary administrative and organizational procedures and requirements of project implementation at GIZ on the country level. Knowledge and Expertise Proven track record of at least 5 years in organizing Capacity development measures and knowledge exchange for stakeholders in the field of nature-based value chains Experience in multi-stakeholder processes and inter-ministerial coordination Knowledge in environment financing, national conservation, and sustainable use concepts is an asset Very good working knowledge of ITC technologies (related software, phone, email, the internet) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office), knowledge of IT based solutions for approving and monitoring legally-binding activities or alike is an asset Sound knowledge of the institutional landscape in and around the environment/biodiversity domain Personal skills Clear and diplomatic communication (oral and written) Ability to communicate adequately with interdisciplinary / multi-institutional teams (units / research organizations, NGOs and Governmental agencies, organizations and donors) Team worker and constructive attitude in case of difficulties or conflicts (responds positively to critical feedback and differing points of view) Capacity of reflection of own work and willingness to learn Developed attitude and awareness of service delivery Languages: Fluent written and oral knowledge of English/French and at least one local language widely used in the country

Job Description:

  • Africa bears nine global biodiversity hotspots and is home to over 60.000 different plants and still uncounted numbers of animals and microorganisms. Many of them are used in traditional ways, for instance as food supplements, cosmetic and medicinal applications. Increasingly, Africa’s biodiversity is being used as a source for innovation and natural ingredients, including for food, cosmetics and pharma, although much of its economic potential remains untapped. It is important that these opportunities contribute to local development and the conservation of Africa’s biodiversity and the many ecosystems under threat. European-African collaboration for biodiversity-based innovation In the context of the German Marshall Plan with Africa, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) commissioned BioInnovation Africa. The project aims to encourage and support the private sector to invest in Africa and to enter into sustainable and mutually beneficial business partnerships in accordance with ethical, social and environmental standards. Project aims The project will collaborate with business and governmental partners in pursuit of: Regulatory compliance – particularly with respect to the national Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) regulations, implementing the Nagoya Protocol of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Ecological sustainability – foster R&D and sourcing schemes that respect people and support biodiversity conservation. Innovation for new products and jobs – promoting technology transfer, long term business partnerships for a reliable supply of natural ingredients and better products. Advocacy – showcasing successful and sustainable North-South business partnerships as “proof of principle” will help to increasingly integrate BioTrade and ABS in cooperation portfolios. Partner countries In its first three-year phase, 2019 to 2022, BioInnovation Africa is considered to focus on Cameroon, Madagascar, Namibia, and South Africa. These countries are rich in biodiversity, which is already widely used locally and internationally (e.g. Centella asiatica, vanilla, rosy periwinkle, rooibos, baobab, marula, Prunus africana). To coordinate activities in Cameroon, GIZ is looking for the services of a Country Coordinator (m/w). The duty station is Yaoundé. The selected candidate will have a probation period of three months before confirmation. The contract period is intended to start from September 2020 for two years with possibilities of extension. Responsibility The advisor is responsible for Managing the improvement of (sub-)national frameworks for Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) aiming at conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity through advisory services and organising various capacity building formats for actors from government, civil society, research and the private sector and providers of genetic resources Supporting the development of mechanisms for using the benefit-sharing scheme for biodiversity conservation measures Planning and implementing activities at national level related to the development of actor specific ABS manuals, the organization of contract trainings, the development and implementation of an IT-based permitting system and the development of concepts for financing and support mechanisms Bringing together key public, civil society and development actors from the environment domain and related sectors for cross-sector dialogue and inter-sector coordination for relevant project activities Assisting the project in knowledge management through the capitalisation of country experiences Serving for the project as a country representative for all planned interventions in the country and liaise with respective partners and relevant stakeholders assuring alignment to the GIZ portfolio and compliance with GIZ internal rules and administrative procedures Together with the other national advisor, supporting the preparation of annual operational country-specific activity plans in concertation with key stakeholders and assure monitoring and documentation of activities to feed and update the HQ team on project progress, including the preparation of periodic reports Assure Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of the country package according to GIZ standard The professional advisor performs the following tasks: Tasks related to operations Advising the partner institutions Contributes to preparing and implementing the coordination process, joint project activities and work at the national level Deals with the design, preparation and implementation of workshops, seminars and other events on issues connected with the project’s area of activity, in particular ABS and benefit sharing frameworks Provides technical advice to the government, civil society, research and private sector partners on the improvement of the national regulatory framework on Access and Benefit Sharing, namely: Develop and disseminate actor-specific manuals on the national ABS system together with the Competent National Authority (CNA) and external experts Organize blended training courses to draw up ABS contracts Organize gender-specific training and advice for “providers” for the negotiation of ABS contracts Advise on the design, the development and the possible institutional setup of an IT-based information system Train “users” of the system in the relevant authorities and commissions on the IT system Develops mechanisms for using the benefit-sharing scheme for biodiversity conservation measures, namely: prepare and facilitate vulnerability analyses based on IPBES results as well as cost-benefit analyses to identify measures preserving biodiversity (in the context of risk management and sustainability policy) organize and conduct capacity building for the implementation of the selected biodiversity conservation and job creation measures develop a catalogue with defined and localized measures of biodiversity conservation facilitate various formats for knowledge exchange regarding appropriate financing mechanisms and other information needs and trust building, e.g. roundtables Advise partner institutions on how to create an enabling institutional environment to integrate manuals, tools and other requirements for ABS and BioTrade in the given institutional set-up Assure Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of project activities and assist the coordination at HQ in consolidation/aggregation of M&E data. Networking and cooperation Supports cooperation, regular contact and dialogue with partners, assists with PR work and cooperates with the “providers” of biological resources, relevant organisations, non-governmental agencies and individuals in the project environment and with other GIZ projects to improve and maintain good working relationships communicates local and the partners’ interests and efforts, forwards these and encourages sharing ideas and information for the benefit of the project Knowledge management ensures knowledge transfer to project information develops ready-to-use strategies and technical concepts, including guidelines, manuals and procedures as mentioned above draws up reports and presentation documents prepares appropriate input for various project reports including annual reports, and contributes to the other reports required by the programme manager and GIZ Head Office assists and guides short-term experts provided by external service providers with country-specific studies and analyses conducted in the project context. Coordination tasks assists with general project planning and develops project concepts including preparation, organisation and moderation of planning exercises and their implementation, management, monitoring, quality management, evaluation, communication and documentation coordinates relevant project activities at local level in consultation with the responsible manager in the country and with the project coordination at GIZ Head Office and in cooperation with the partners, both as regards implementation and preparing organisational aspects compiles the relevant information for joint activities and assignments handles order management on behalf of GIZ (e.g. offer preparation, impact monitoring, project progress review, reporting) oversees and handles all procedures and rules of GIZ for a compliant administrative management of all local project activities in line and direct cooperation with the GIZ Country Office and administrative manager of the hosting bilateral GIZ programme. Human resources management and leadership of national personal Provides multifaceted support and coordination to technical staff that enables them to achieve their tasks and objectives Manages directly all national staff; including leave planning, evaluation, disciplinary measures, training proposals in concertation with GIZ Country Office Follow up staff health insurance registration and HIV-Mainstreaming in collaboration with the GIZ Country office. Financial and logistics management Manages funds (including budget planning and consumption follow-up) and equipment Supervises the administrative management (invoice verification, accounting, supervision of procurement, equipment, stationery, furniture, consultancies, local subsidies at the level of the GIZ, request for funds, cash control). Duty station: Yaoundé, Cameroun Duration of contract: From September 1st, 2020 to June 30th, 2022 with possibility of extension Internal classification: Band 5T supervised by Programme manager and/or component manager Application deadline: July 20, 2020 Application submission: Interested and suitable applicants should forward their applications including a detailed Curriculum Vitae (maxi 2 leaves), a one-page cover letter addressing the applicant’s motivation and three (3) professional references via the GIZ-CM online recruitment platform: COUNTRY COORDINATOR BIOINNOVATION AFRICA

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Date Posted : Jun 02, 2020
Environmental Specialist (World Bank) Yaounde
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  • Salary : 0.00
  • Duration of Employment : Full Tima
  • Prefered Sex : Male/Female
  • Sector of Vacancy : ENVIRONMENTAL

Qualification/Work Experience :

  • Selection Criteria • A Master’s degree or above in environment and/or natural resource science, environmental policy or engineering, or similar relevant disciplines. • Minimum of 8 years of professional experience in the environmental sector, including proven experience in environment, health and safety (EHS); environment impact assessment; risk assessment; occupational, health and safety (OHS); due diligence, environmental site assessment, and compliance audits. • Good knowledge of environmental legislation, regulatory and institutional arrangements in African countries. Knowledge of the EIA process, procedures and legislation in the AFCC1 countries will be an advantage. • Experience with the application of the World Bank’s environmental safeguards policies; and ample knowledge of the ESF and applications. • Demonstrated knowledge of international standards and codes of practices in the environment sector including WBG Environmental and Social Standards (ESSs). • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in French and English. • Proven leadership and management capacity • Well-developed interpersonal, communication and writing skills, including ability to write concisely and translate technical knowledge and ideas into fluent, understandable, French and English; • Having worked as a Task Team Leader (TTL) and work experience in an FCV locations is highly desirable. Technical Competencies: • Environmental implications on Policy, Institutions, and Operations -Solid understanding of the implications of environment on policy, institutions, and operations. • Analytical Tools for Environmental and Social Sustainability - Extensive experience conducting environmental analysis, deriving results that resonate with the client; ability to coach others in the application of the tools. • Participation and Consultation - Extensive experience conducting environmental and social development consultative and participatory approaches, deriving results that resonate with the client; ability to coach others in the application of the interventions. • Environmental Safeguards - Experience successfully applying the social safeguard policies. • ESF – Knowledge of 10 Standards and the mechanics of ESCP and ESRC • Integrative Skills - Understands relevant cross-practice areas how they are interrelated; able to undertake cross-practice work in lending and non-lending operations. • Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena - Translates technical and cross-country knowledge into practical applications and contributions to country and sector strategies; interacts with clients at the policy level. • Policy Dialogue Skills - Anticipates needs and requests in the field and conducts independent policy discussions with representatives of the government and non-government partners.

Job Description:

  • Description Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges. For more information, visit www.worldbank.org. The Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy (ENB) Global Practice has five key business lines consisting of Lending and non-lending services in (1) Forests, Watersheds and Sustainable Landscapes (‘Green Business line’); (2) Marine, Coastal, Aquatic Resources and Ocean Health (‘Blue Economy Business line’); (3) Pollution Management and Environmental Health (‘Pollution Management Business line’); (4) Environmental Economics, Policies and Institutions Business line, and (5) Safeguards/ Environmental Risk Management Business line: delivery of effective environmental risk management and sustainability by managing risk at the project level and creating opportunities to advance sustainable development. This includes provision of high-quality and timely safeguards services across the Bank, including current safeguards policies and the effective implementation of the new Environment and Social Framework (ESF) that was roll out on October 1, 2018. The ENB Global Practice in Sub Saharan Africa includes four units SAFE1, SAFE2, SAFE3 and SAFE4. SAFE4 covers Western and Central Africa; and manage operations in a variety of areas such as natural resources management, coastal zone management, forestry, pollution, climate change, landscape and terrestrial and marine natural resources. In addition, the unit, like other ENR GP units provides environmental safeguards and ESF services across all sectors and projects. The AFCC1 countries include Cameroon, Gabon Sao Tome and Principe, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, and Republic of Congo. Due to growing business needs and increasing complexity of the portfolio, there now exist a need for an Environmental Specialist to be based in the Yaoundé office with reporting relationship to the Country Director and the Practice Manager based in Washington DC. Duties and Responsibilities: ENB GP is seeking a highly qualified Environmental Specialist who will work on all aspect of ESF/Safeguards, providing environmental risk management support to World Bank projects and possibly identify new business opportunities on ENB in the Cameroon Country Management Unit (CMU). Based in the World Bank Country Office in Yaoundé, Cameoon, the specialist would provide environmental impact/risk management project support in the following areas: • During project preparation: assess the project’s potential environmental footprint and determine which of the Bank’s safeguards policies and/or ESS will be triggered; guide the borrower/project implementation agency in process of preparing the necessary safeguard instruments and review them for quality; contribute well-written summaries of key safeguards instruments for inclusion in project documentation; and assist in the preparation of Environmental and Social Risk Classifications (ESRCs) and Environmental and Social Commitment Plans (ESCPs). This will also entail helping staff or client to assure the quality of project documentation before submission to the Regional Safeguards Adviser (RSA)/Environment and Social Standards Adviser (ESSA) Secretariat for review and approval. • Provide expert guidance and support for the screening of Bank projects for environmental risks, impacts, and vulnerabilities and identify risk management opportunities/strategies including labor influx, occupational health and safety and climate change mitigation and adaptation in Bank projects • In accordance with the Bank’s ESF, determine the appropriate Environment and Social (E&S) Risk classification and review the risk classification assigned to the project on a regular basis. In determining and managing E&S risk, use the ESSs related guidance and good practice notes, as well as internationally accepted good industry practice for informed decision making. • Ensure compliance of all project financed activities, including those relating to associated facilities with the WB’s Safeguards policies and the ESSs and the Bank Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Guidelines, as well as Good International Industry Practice (GIIP). • During both preparation and implementation: go beyond narrow policy compliance to looking for opportunities to improve the environmental outcomes of the project. Work closely with the project task team and especially the Social Safeguards Specialist assigned to each operation and provide back up support as required. • Using the ESCP as a key tool, provide expert advice to borrowers/recipients on the assessment of environmental and social risks, evaluate all relevant information, recommend solutions and ensure detailed, targeted management and action plans are developed and steps taken for projects to comply with the Bank’s ESF • Work with Regional ESF/Safeguards Coordinator, as well as with other dedicated environmental safeguards specialists and STCs; and foster cross-sectoral collaboration with the Social Team. • Identifying and developing new business in ENB in the CMU using environmental Management, Forestry, and Biodiversity as entry points, and • Contributing as required to the broader work of ENB GP on improving environmental sustainability. • Participate in review meetings and represent SAFE4 in relevant Bank-wide initiatives; represent the Bank in donor meetings on the environment; and contribute to knowledge generation and diffusion within the region and beyond. • Regularly complete all project related reporting requirements in Bank system and provide project related synopsis to management as and when required. For more information about WBG Core Competencies, please visit: https://bit.ly/2kbIA7O. Interested candidates should apply online vis the website, https://worldbankgroup.csod.com

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Date Posted : Mar 16, 2020
Communications Officer,(Plan International) Yaounde
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  • Duration of Employment : Full Time
  • Prefered Sex : Male/Female
  • Sector of Vacancy : COMMUNICATIONAS

Qualification/Work Experience :

  • STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Education: Advanced University degree in Journalism, International Relations, Public Relations, Communications or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses. Language: International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese. National Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty station’s language, if different.

Job Description:

  • ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ) and Country Offices (COs). Job holders operate with minimal supervision, and are heavily involved in day–to-day activities, analytical work and provide advice on less complex issues. In HQ, job holders report to the Director of Communications or the designate. These roles work in a specialist area of communications. In RBs, job holders report to the Regional Director or the designate, with functional supervision from the Director of Communications or the designate. In COs, these roles report to the Country Director, with functional supervision from the Regional Communications Officer, to ensure that the CO communications activities serve WFP needs in the country of assignment, taking into consideration the overall regional communications plan and WFP's corporate communications goals. JOB PURPOSE To implement the communications plan by supporting and delivering a range of communications activities, providing research and analysis, and prioritising effectively. KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive) 1. Implement country specific communication work plans designed to maintain and enhance the visibility and reputation of WFP, as well as support fundraising activities, ensuring alignment with overall communications and WFP strategies. 2. Contribute to communications through good research, analysis of assigned area of work and timely preparation and distribution of information products to target audience(s). 3. Maintain a contact list of journalists and media outlets and support the flow of news/information about WFP’s work to the media, in order to support regular and appropriate communications. 4. Support the social media plan by developing social media content, and utilising platforms, networks and partners to enhance coverage and support of WFP’s activities. 5. Generate donor specific visibility content including, text, photos, videos and audio for use across a range of integrated online platforms, in order to support global and country fund-raising activities, ensuring consistency with corporate messages. 6. Monitor and analyse traditional and social media to inform the development and/or evaluation of communication activities and strategies. 7. Guide and supervise more junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with more complex analysis and queries. 8. Collate outreach data contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reports, Support communications activities that enable informed decision making and ensures consistency of information presented to the media and other stakeholders. 9. Support capacity building of WFP staff on all aspects of communication, provides advice and guidance within area and level of expertise, in order to ensure that all activities meet desired standards of consistency, quality and impact. For example the design and review of training materials. 10. Liaise and interact with WFP staff and external counterparts to support aligned activities and a coherent approach to communications within WFP. 11. Follow standard emergency preparedness practices to support WFP to quickly respond and deploy food and needed resources to affected areas at the onset of a crisis. 12. Other as required. 4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES Purpose Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives. Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners). Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission. Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others. People Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs. Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment. Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills. Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances. Performance Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work. Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors. Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities. Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction. Partnership Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles. Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners. Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders. Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner. FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIES Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level Media and Influencer Relationship Management Demonstrates ability to build and sustain effective collaborative relationships with key media contacts and influencers in area of expertise to raise the profile of WFP, build relationships and further organisational aims. Media and Communication Expertise Facilitates open verbal or written communication with media and influencers as required (i.e. through preparation of tailored written or visual materials presentations, and official documentation) to convey tailored messages. Engages in mutually informative discussion with media and influencers. Specialised Knowledge in Communications Uses sound theoretical knowledge of communications concepts to generate or facilitate the generation of effective communication materials across various media. Applies this to define work plans aligned to identified areas of WFP’s communications strategy. Sociopolitical Contextual Understanding Demonstrates deep understanding of the multilateral/interagency environment and the dynamics in which WFP operates which influences approach to working, policy development and decision making. Communication Strategy and Planning Applies advanced understanding of WFP communications strategy and best practice to effectively develop strategies to engage with media and other significant external stakeholders within area of responsibility. Oversees implementation, providing recommendations for improvement. OTHER SPECIFIC JOB REQUIREMENTS This section is optional to describe additional responsibilities & knowledge required for the specific job. DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE • Has gained experience in utilising specialist communications techniques to enhance functional outputs • Has provided direction and instruction to more junior staff members within area of expertise TERMS AND CONDITIONS DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS . Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status. No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service. Interested candidates should apply via the website, https://www.wfp.org

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